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Compositing an Animated Set Extension in NUKEX
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Released Nov 25, 2013
Alexander Eriksson

Guest Tutor

Alexander Eriksson
In this series of tutorials we are going to composite a stylized post-apocalyptic environment shot. We will setup an environment scene in NUKE's 3D space with our matte painting asset. To bring it to life we will add footage and elements to our shot, and also create atmospherics with NUKE's particle system. We will venture briefly into After Effects to use the Optical Flares plug-in to create lens flare elements. We will also look at camera effects like bloom, lens distortion, vignette, and chromatic aberration. Finally, I will offer up some tips for finishing off your shot. The main purpose of this tutorial will be to discuss and show some basic compositing workflows, but also look at some specific tips and techniques to help you take an environment or set extension shot from start to finish.
Introduction and project overview
1

Introduction and project overview

 
01:05
A look at our matte painting asset
2

A look at our matte painting asset

 
04:30
Adding animation to the clouds
3

Adding animation to the clouds

 
15:51
Grading, sharpening and removing highlights
4

Grading, sharpening and removing highlights

 
17:03
Tweaking our foreground matte painting
5

Tweaking our foreground matte painting

 
16:07
Setting up a 3D projection
6

Setting up a 3D projection

 
12:30
Creating a separate projection for our sky
7

Creating a separate projection for our sky

 
12:52
Projecting a building on a card for parallax
8

Projecting a building on a card for parallax

 
16:08
Introduction to bicubics
9

Introduction to bicubics

 
15:13
Starting to composite our background
10

Starting to composite our background

 
16:20
Building a high pass sharpen
11

Building a high pass sharpen

 
16:07
Integrating our foreground matte painting
12

Integrating our foreground matte painting

 
16:38
Loading our filmed footage
13

Loading our filmed footage

 
11:19
Keying our footage
14

Keying our footage

 
10:08
Tweaking edges and warping our footage
15

Tweaking edges and warping our footage

 
15:02
Integrating our footage into our shot
16

Integrating our footage into our shot

 
14:44
Projecting our footage in 3D space
17

Projecting our footage in 3D space

 
10:59
Extending the projected matte with footage
18

Extending the projected matte with footage

 
13:24
Merging and blending our grass patch
19

Merging and blending our grass patch

 
06:01
Starting to add more footage
20

Starting to add more footage

 
18:46
Finishing adding more footage
21

Finishing adding more footage

 
12:26
Projecting our grass patches
22

Projecting our grass patches

 
13:58
Continue with setting up our particle system
23

Continue with setting up our particle system

 
14:04
Starting to integrate our particles into our shot
24

Starting to integrate our particles into our shot

 
15:31
Finishing integration of particles into our shot
25

Finishing integration of particles into our shot

 
06:40
Creating more leaf particle layers
26

Creating more leaf particle layers

 
11:49
Adding depth with more leaf particle layers
27

Adding depth with more leaf particle layers

 
09:19
Adding atmospheric dust from footage
28

Adding atmospheric dust from footage

 
08:57
Integrating bloom to our highlights
29

Integrating bloom to our highlights

 
11:39
Adding a lens distortion and vignette
30

Adding a lens distortion and vignette

 
12:16
Adding chromatic aberration and grain
31

Adding chromatic aberration and grain

 
20:06
Creating a lens flare with the Optical Flares plug-in
32

Creating a lens flare with the Optical Flares plug-in

 
12:14
Final tweaks and discussing our end results
33

Final tweaks and discussing our end results

 
14:46